He played a few further games after the war with little success. By the end of the summer he had equalled George Headley’s 1933 record for the West Indies of seven centuries on an English tour by hitting 147 off the Glamorgan bowlers. [39] He also eliminated from his strokes a risky cover drive he had developed on Caribbean pitches. Batting at number three, his first innings yielded 16 runs, but in the second innings, he scored 71, reaching fifty runs in as many minutes. Following his tour of England in 1933, Headley signed as a professional at Haslingden in the Lancashire League, where he played until the outbreak of war in 1939. Another son, Lynn, reached the semi-finals of the 100 metres and came fourth in the 100 metres relay at the 1964 Olympics; he also won a gold medal with Jamaican sprint relay teams in the Central American and Caribbean Games of 1966 and silver with the relay team at the Commonwealth Games of the same year. After all, George Headley was by far the best West Indian batsman of his times, and, by many accounts, the best in the world but for Don Bradman. However, Norman Preston, the editor of Wisden, wrote: "the match provided a personal triumph for Headley",[87] as he became only the second cricketer after Herbert Sutcliffe to make two hundreds in the same Test match on two separate occasions, having previously done so against England in 1930. In his second season, the club topped the league. Headley's final two-year contract with the club covered the seasons 1938 and 1940, since he was expected to tour England with the West Indies team in 1939. In reply West Indies could only manage 286, with Headley out for ten runs. In 1937 he broke the record for most runs scored by any player in a Lancashire League season, accumulating 1,360 at an average of 97.15, with five centuries; he also took 41 wickets. West Indies subsequently bowled out England to win the match and level the series. In all first-class matches, he has the third highest average with 69.86, behind Bradman and Vijay Merchant among those who played 50 innings. After the first island game, in which he scored 65, Headley's request to miss the second match to rest his back was refused by the Jamaican Board. The move by his mother club, Lucas CC, and other cricket stalwarts to focus attention on George Headley's grand contribution to Jamaica and the world is both timely and welcome. All rights reserved |, We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. "[87] Headley had scored three centuries in consecutive Test innings, but he could not prevent England winning this first Test by eight wickets. [87] Preston, writing in Wisden, believed the West Indians relied too much on Headley's batting. Headley had a fascinating start to his career at the age of twenty in four Test Headley scored 704 runs at an average of 87.88, including four centuries. [81] West Indies scored 535 for seven and bowled out England twice to record their first victory in a Test series. [28] The English press speculated on Headley's ability to cope with English conditions,[55] while expecting him to perform to a high standard. This time, Headley batted for 390 minutes, faced 385 balls and hit 28 fours while scoring 223. [128] In the years before the war, Headley scored 25.61% of the runs scored in Tests by West Indies, more than twice as many as the next best batsman, and two-thirds of the team's centuries, scoring ten of the team's first fourteen centuries in Test cricket. George Headley Stuart Wark | 12:00am BST 18 March 2009 George Headley | 12:00am BST 18 March 2009 George Headley However, with George Headley forced to withdraw, Weekes won a reprieve. [142] Ron Headley went on to play professional cricket for the English counties Worcestershire and Derbyshire, and represented Jamaica before playing two Tests for West Indies in 1973. Arthur Morris (Australia) 36. He visited America and played some exhibition matches for the Jamaican Athletic Club in New York, scoring a century against a touring team from Bermuda; his parents had moved to America by then, which enabled Headley to combine the cricket with his first visit to his parents in ten years. [83][84] During the series, Headley demanded expenses, which were not normally granted to the players. [71] He changed his bowling style to medium pace and took 59 wickets at an average of 16.59. [138] In 1961, Headley coached for six months in Nigeria and earned praise from the Nigerian Cricket Association. George Headley averages 60.83 in 22 matches with 10 centuries. He hit the bowling of Alan Hilder for four consecutive fours and twice hit Lord Tennyson for three fours in a row. [71][72] In 1935 he scored over 900 runs at an average of 61.13, and took 34 wickets; his contract was renewed for another two years. [61] Headley's performances earned him selection as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. [9][17] In three matches against the tourists, Headley scored 326 runs, averaging 54.33. [29], Headley was selected for the West Indian tour of Australia in the 1930–31 season, under the captaincy of Jackie Grant. "[128], Beyond cricket, Headley's success was regarded as important. He aggregated over 2,000 Test runs at a remarkable average. [128], As of 2014, Headley's average in Test matches of 60.83 is third highest among those with 2,000 runs, behind Bradman and Graeme Pollock, and but for the Tests he played after the war, he would have been above Pollock. Subsequently, the bowlers dismissed Australia for 220 to give West Indies their first win over Australia, although the series ended 4–1 to the home side. [9] The touring county considered Headley the key batsman,[82] and targeted him by bowling defensively in an attempt to frustrate him. [31] The first match of the Australian leg was against New South Wales, where the West Indians were bowled out for 188 and Headley was stumped for 25. George Headley only played in 22 Tests, but was top scorer for his Team on 15 occasions. [9][55] He scored fifties in each of his next three matches before scoring a century against the MCC during his first appearance at Lord's Cricket Ground. He made his Test debut in 1930, against England in Barbados, and was instantly successful. A public subscription to finance his travel to Jamaica, opened by the Daily Gleaner, raised over £1,000, and despite his reservations, Headley returned to Jamaica. His playing career ended in 1954 on his return to Jamaica, after a public subscription paid his fare from England. "[135], Following the 1955 cricket season, Headley was invited to become a national coach, a post created by the Jamaican government, which involved working mainly with young people. In the second innings, opening again, he made 155 not out to guide West Indies to their victory target of 363. Overall, there are 61 Test centuries have been scored at the ground, including 4 double hundreds. Although neither match was won, the West Indians needed to take only one more wicket to win the first match when it ended drawn, and lost the second by a single wicket. He managed to do so in extremely challenging conditions at the tender age of 20 years and 308 days. He was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1934. He scored 36 not out, but aggravated his back pains and he withdrew from the final Test. Considered one of the best batsmen to play for the West Indies and one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Headley also represented Jamaica and played professional club cricket in England. [note 2][32] In the second innings, Headley made 82, the top score, but could not prevent the tourists losing. [98] In the first game against Barbados, Headley scored 203 not out and 57 not out, took four for 40 in the tourists' first innings and another wicket in the second. Moreover, he carried the burden of shoring up West Indies' batting on his shoulders throughout his distinguished career. [95] Headley continued to play for the team until 1947, when he left to play for the Kensington Club. [9] The teams went into the fourth and final Test with the series still level at one win apiece. George Headley only played in 22 Tests, but was top scorer for his Team on 15 occasions. [132] Headley himself preferred batting when the odds favoured the bowlers as he had to go for his shots and play his natural attacking game. Headley scored 169 in 375 minutes with 18 fours,[28] sharing a partnership of 200 in 205 minutes with Ivan Barrow—who became the first West Indian to score a Test century in England, minutes before Headley became the second. [57], West Indies drew the second Test, avoiding defeat for the first time in a Test in England. "[62] Headley bowled more than he had previously: prior to the tour, he had taken three first class wickets, but took 21 wickets in England at an average of 34.33, bowling off spin. [56][63], During the tour, Headley received news that his aunt had been killed by floods in Kingston which had also destroyed his home. Such gestures towards senior figures in cricket were usually intended as a mark of respect. [1] He attended Calabar Elementary School, where he played for the school cricket team as a wicket-keeper, although a meagre sporting budget meant he had to do so without gloves. In Jamaica, where there was widespread jubilation, Headley attended several receptions and celebrations. [35] In the final match before the Test series began, against South Australia, Headley had problems playing the Australian bowlers, particularly the leg spin of Clarrie Grimmett. [25][26] On the first three days, England scored 849. "[134] The white upper classes were proud of his achievements as a West Indian, but Manley writes "it was to the black masses that Headley had the deepest significance ... [He] became the focus for longing of an entire people for proof: proof of their own self-worth, their own capacity. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the career of the stumper who held his own as a batsman in an era of Don Bradman, George Headley and Wally Hammond. West Indies' first world-class batsman", "Test match players: Related Test players", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Headley&oldid=995895538, Cricketers who made a century on Test debut, Members of the Order of the British Empire, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 13:24. He aggregated over 2,000 Test runs at a remarkable average. He demonstrated black capacity. [107], Selected for the Indian tour after a specific request by the Indian cricket authorities,[108] Headley did not have much success in the early matches and in the drawn first Test he scored only two in a total of 631. [79] Headley contributed 485 runs at an average of 97.00. [9][38][41] Forced to follow-on, West Indies were dismissed for 148 of which Headley made 28, the highest score of the innings. Headley lost his wicket through impatience in the first match, although he scored a pair of fifties, but scored a century in the third game. [83][84] In total, he scored 266 runs at an average of 53.20,[9] but Yorkshire won the series after winning the first game, Jamaica's first defeat at home in a first-class game for ten years. [15][18], In 1930 the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) undertook a tour of the West Indies which included four Test matches—the first Tests to be played in the West Indies. [69], The MCC went to Jamaica for the final leg of their tour. In the first innings, Headley scored 131 out of 212, regarded by one critic as one of the best centuries scored on the ground, and top-scored again with 34 in the second innings. [143] Ron's son Dean, Headley's grandson, played Test cricket for England; the family thus became the first to have three generations play Test cricket. He also noted that Headley had to play cautiously for his team and although he hit powerful shots, "he was not the same dashing batsmen that England knew in 1933. George Alphonso Headley OD (30 May 1909 – 30 November 1983) was a West Indian cricketer who played 22 Test matches, mostly before the Second World War.Considered one of the best batsmen to play for West Indies and one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Headley also represented Jamaica and played professional club cricket in England. Even so, he was chosen as West Indies captain in 1948 against England, the first black player to be appointed to the position, although a combination of injuries and politics meant he only led his team for one Test match. George Headley (West Indies) Depending on where you hail from, George Headley is either the Black Bradman or Bradman is the white Headley. Though the numbers don’t do justice to his ability, the observers of his time rate him as highly as Bradman, if not higher. Although he continued to travel with the team, he was unable to play in any further matches until the final game of the tour, when he scored 100 against Ceylon Schools as the tourists travelled home via Ceylon. [33][34] By this stage the Australian bowlers had realised that Headley excelled when hitting the ball through the off side, and they began to alter their tactics accordingly. [114][115] Headley batted at number six, and it appeared that England, under the captaincy of Len Hutton, let Headley score an easy run to begin his innings,[note 3] which Hutton later confirmed to be the case. 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Headley had a difficult match. In an outmatched West Indies team before and after World War Two, the batting brilliance of George Headley shone through. [29], Headley returned to England to play for Haslingden in the 1935 English season, and played a single first-class game, scoring a century for Sir L Parkinson's XI against Leicestershire. However, England were able to bat long enough to secure a draw. [144][145], After his retirement from coaching, Headley remained associated with cricket, presenting awards and playing in friendly matches. Furthermore, they wanted this proof to be laid at the door of the white man who owned the world which defined their circumstances. The remaining batsmen played well, attacking the English bowling. Ironmonger tricked him into playing the leg glance and he was caught by the wicket-keeper who had moved across in anticipation of the shot. [89] However, he scored runs from any loose bowling and batted in all for 230 minutes, hitting eight fours. According to Wisden, all his shots were equally good but most notable was his on drive played from the back foot. C. L. R. James calculated that Headley averaged 39.85 and passed fifty on seven occasions in thirteen innings on difficult wickets. [9] In the 1935–36 season, the Yorkshire team toured Jamaica, playing three first-class matches, winning one and drawing the others. Wisden described Headley's batting as magnificent, displaying "a ready adaptability and perfection of timing. Mor... George Alphonso Headley, born on May 30 1909, is regarded by many as next only to Bradman for his stupendous batting exploits. Headley made a lasting impact on cricket in the West Indies, which continues to produced batsman favouring the same attacking style he exhibited. [118], Headley finished his career at Dudley at the end of 1954; his son Ron played for the club from 1957, having already played for its second team in 1952 as a 13-year-old. Two other batsmen, Andy Sandham and George Headley from England and the West Indies respectively, also scored centuries in this match. [13][93], Wisden judged Headley to be the best batsman of the 1939 season,[94] while other critics rated him among the best batsmen in the world, with favourable comparisons to Bradman. He recalled how many bowlers tried to hit his pads with the ball but Headley simply flicked the ball away. In 22 Tests, Headley scored a remarkable 10 centuries and five half-centuries including a highest score of 270 not out. With 2,310 runs for an average of 79.65, Weekes failed by ten runs to equal Headley’s aggregate … These tactics helped West Indies to a 140-run win in a match they might have lost; Stollmeyer followed a similar approach in the following match. Add the 141 at Sabina Park earlier in the year – when he was a very very late replacement for the legendary George Headley; he had five centuries on the trot. Don Bradman (Australia) 23. [28][77] The rain-affected third Test was drawn, with Headley's 53 his side's top score. The MCC side was not at full international strength; it included players who were either just beginning or just ending their international careers,[19] and several star English bowlers were missing. In conversation with a member of the Australian Board of Control, Headley, Constantine and fellow tourist Tommy Scott suggested the authorities should produce faster pitches to enable the public to see more attacking cricket. "[80] In total, he batted for 495 minutes and hit 30 fours,[28] recording the highest score by a West Indian batsman. He did not play Tests between 1949 and 1953, but resumed his career in English league cricket, first in Lancashire and later in the Birmingham League. [9] In a career total of 103 first-class games he aggregated 9,921 runs at 69.86, with 33 centuries, and took 51 wickets at 36.11. [101][102] Crab Nethersole, the Jamaican manager for the tour, reported that injuries to key players and the poor attitude of the crowd made the tour difficult, although Headley's captaincy was universally praised. [119] After his final Test match appearance, Headley's only other first-class match was in the Commonwealth XI fixture in 1954, when he scored 64 in his final first-class innings. ... in 19 Test matches against England in this the period he scored 2,135 runs at an average of 66.71 including ten centuries, two of them doubles. In 1936 he again scored over 900 runs, and took 54 wickets. A quieter match followed against Middlesex, but Headley reached his second double century of the tour in the match against Derbyshire, which took him past 1,000 runs for the season. [38] His quick footwork enabled him to alter his position if necessary to play the ball on the off side. George Alphonso Headley OD, MBE (30 May 1909 – 30 November 1983) was a West Indian cricketer who played 22 Test matches, mostly before the Second World War.Considered one of the best batsmen to play for the West Indies and one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Headley also represented Jamaica and played professional club cricket in England. Test record: 22 matches, 2,190 runs, average 60.83, 10 centuries. They arrived in Canada on the day that Britain declared war on Germany. According to James's reckoning, Bradman in similar conditions passed fifty once, and averaged 16.66 in fifteen innings. George Headley (West Indies) 32. He aggregated over 2,000 Test runs at a remarkable average. In the course of the innings he achieved the rare feat in Australia of reaching 1,000 first-class runs on the tour. Batting at number three, he played aggressively in the first innings but the crowd barracked him and he was bowled for 21. He hit the ball hard and was very difficult to get out. Graham Gooch, in the above list, scored an aggregate of 456 (333+123) against India, which is the highest ever aggregate score by an individual batsman in a Test match. George Headley (West Indies) Depending on where you hail from, George Headley is either the Black Bradman or Bradman is the white Headley. Headley, although troubled by the English bowling on a difficult pitch, top-scored with 51 in West Indies' first innings but the other batsmen contributed little. [9] A thumb injury in the first match meant he could not bat, although he bowled 44 overs in the game. Headley was the only batsman that stood between West Indies and regular capitulations. He was black excellence personified in a white world and in a white sport. Ten hundreds in 22 Tests and an average of … In the following match the West Indies recorded their first win in Test matches; after centuries from George Headley and Clifford Roach, Constantine took four for 35 and five for 87 to secure the victory. Batting towards the end of West Indies' second innings, he scored seven not out. [46] C. L. R. James, the writer and historian, later wrote that Headley's success demonstrated his mastery of batting. "[56] Wisden editor Sydney Southerton also described him as a giant in the team and wrote: "From what we had been told by English players who had been to the West Indies, we were fully prepared for Headley's success, but even so, he astonished most of us. [28][44][45] Grant, the West Indies captain, declared the innings closed after rain had fallen to make the pitch more difficult for batting. Most members of the Police team were not actual police officers. Although some critics expected his selection for the West Indies tour of England in 1928, Headley was not chosen. Out of the 247, only 75 have resulted in wins, which is 30.4% of the fourth-innings hundreds. [44] Headley and fellow Jamaican Frank Martin scored centuries on the first day despite bowling from the Australians which the Jamaican newspaper Daily Gleaner described as good. When he batted he was run out for a duck by Constantine after facing one delivery, and Haslingden lost the match. The MCC side was not at full international strength; it included players who were either just beginning or just ending their international careers, and several star English bowlers were missing. [105] Headley was scheduled to captain the first and fourth Test matches, played in Barbados and Jamaica, and the white players Gerry Gomez and John Goddard were given the captaincy of the second and third matches. Despite the double century from Roach and the wickets from Constantine, it would be George Headley’s twin centuries that would get much of the credit for this victory which meant so much to the West Indies. [23] In the second innings, Headley scored 112 as West Indies batted with a big first innings lead, attacking defensive English bowling. For this very reason, Headley was called The Atlas, for single handedly carrying West Indies on his shoulders. [7] That year, Headley began working for Keeling–Lindo Estates, in St Catherine. [9] He used his experience to influence the captain, Jeff Stollmeyer, advising him not to enforce the follow on and to use leg theory bowling to slow down the tourists' scoring. Although not able to attend the funeral, he wanted to leave England on an earlier ship than the rest of the team, but this could not be arranged in time. However, Headley later argued that the run was given to ensure that he was batting at the beginning of the next over, so that England could try to get him out before he settled down. Headley had a fascinating start to his career at the age of twenty in four Test Headley scored 704 runs at an average of 87.88, including four centuries. The Australians bowled at Headley's leg stump with fielders concentrated on the leg side, making it difficult for him to score runs. [9] The home side levelled the series with their first ever Test victory in the third match of the series, played in British Guiana. Although the game was drawn, he had recorded Jamaica's highest score in a match between the Caribbean islands. The war interrupted Headley's career; although he returned to Tests in 1948 he was hampered by injuries and did not achieve his previous levels of success. He became the first player to score two hundreds in a Lord's Test, a feat not repeated until 1990. Later, he continued his education at Kingston High School. The fact that out of the 22 centuries scored for West Indies until 1939, 10 of them were scored by Headley, shows that how much the team was dependent on him. He shared century partnerships with both Clifford Roach and Frank de Caires, but these were insufficient to force victory, and the match was drawn. The tourists thus lost the series 2–0; in the three Tests Headley's aggregate was 277 runs at an average of 55.40, the best figures for the team. [9] West Indies then moved to Pakistan; in a non-first-class game Headley took six wickets as a bowler, but then in a match against a representative Pakistan XI he fell and injured his side while attempting to take a catch. [96] Meanwhile, he took a new job as an insurance agent. [106] Headley's back caused him to miss the second and third Tests, but he was fit enough to play for Jamaica when the tourists arrived there to play two games against the island before the fourth and final Test. 1 / 4 NEXT [note 1][20] The first Test was played in Barbados and Headley was selected, making his debut for the West Indies on 11 February 1930—to the disapproval of some Barbadians who thought his place should have gone to a local player. [12] He had another opportunity against English opposition in 1929, when a team led by Julien Cahn arrived to play two first-class games. The side was usually competitive enough without them, and only on the more taxing tour of Australia was a fully representative team selected. In 1930 the Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) undertook a tour of the West Indies which included four Test matches—the first Tests to be played in the West Indies. George Alphonso Headley OD, MBE (30 May 1909 – 30 November 1983) was a West Indian cricketer who played 22 Test matches, mostly before the Second World War. Headley played the hook very effectively and hit many short deliveries for runs. These tours also served to build Headley's reputation. West Indies won this game under the captaincy of Goddard, who had earlier led West Indies to victory in the third Test. In Australia Donald Bradman, the star Australian batsman, praised Headley, particularly for the way in which he had overcome his problems against Grimmett. [110], For Bacup Headley scored 909 runs and took 20 wickets in 1950,[71] before signing to play for Dudley in the Birmingham League in 1951. [9][100] The second match was also drawn; Headley made 79 before he had to retire when he fell and injured his knee. Statistics may mislead but they do not lie. Press reaction was unfavourable towards Headley but the West Indies Board still wanted to select him for the tour. However, his job made it impossible to attend, and he was not considered for the Jamaican side against Lord Tennyson's English touring side in 1927. In the first innings, he scored 29 but strained his back while fielding. #AUSvIND — Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 8, 2021 [70] After this poor start, Headley scored 1,063 runs in the season at an average of 50.62, with three centuries. [59] When the innings ended, Headley was still not out and the crowd gave him an excellent reception. © 2021 Cricbuzz.com, Times Internet Limited. [9], Headley's success for Dudley was watched keenly in Jamaica and commentators began to discuss his availability for the 1954 series against England. George was the only proper batsman in the West Indian team. [100] Another American tour followed, in which Headley was accompanied by promising young players, before he led the Jamaican team to British Guiana in October 1947. When West Indies still needed 428 runs, rain fell for two days and the match had to be abandoned after its ninth scheduled day. When the war came Headley had played 35 test innings in ten years. [54], After playing in two trial matches, Headley was selected to tour England in 1933 under the continuing captaincy of Jackie Grant. [9][43] In the fifth Test, West Indies won the toss and batted first, which proved an advantage in a match plagued by uncertain weather. His movements were precise and economical on the cricket field; his cap was usually at a slight angle and his sleeves were buttoned down to the wrist. Individual “Twin Centuries” Statistics. West Indies had a weak cricket team through most of Headley's playing career; as their one world-class player, he carried a heavy responsibility and the side depended on his batting. He was finally out for 211, the highest score at the time by a West Indian batsman against an English team. Critics were impressed by Headley's second innings performance, in which he scored his runs out of 64 added while he was batting. Despite Headley's contributions, the West Indians won only one of these matches and subsequently lost the first Test against England by an innings. He had scored two double centuries, eight centuries and five fifties at an average of 70.64. [146] Official recognition came Headley's way when he was awarded the M.B.E. 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